JOHOR BARU: Hotels here are enjoying brisk business with many of them reporting bookings for rooms during the long Hari Raya holiday.
Many Malaysians may opt to take leave to extend their Hari Raya holiday which is expected to fall on June 25 and 26, as schools will have a long break from June 23 to July 2.
Holiday Villa Hotel sales director Betty Yeoh said 95% of the 343-room hotel had already been booked from June 24 to 28.
“We have locals from outside the state visiting families and relatives in Johor Baru and Singapore, and who prefer to stay at the hotel,” she said.
Yeoh said Malaysian guests from the central and northern regions going to Singapore will opt to stay at hotels in Johor to save cost.
Amari Hotel public relations and communications director Bobby Subramaniam said the hotel received about 95% bookings.
Bobby said locals from outside Johor Baru preferred to stay at the hotel instead of their family or friends’ houses, because it is more convenient.
“Johor Baru is becoming more attractive in terms of shopping and tourism attractions such as theme parks,” she said.
Bobby said the hotel had an added advantage thanks to its location in downtown Johor Baru and close proximity to the Heritage Trail and Singapore.
Pulai Springs Resort marketing and communications manager Charlotte Monteiro said its rooms were already 90% booked for the first three days of Hari Raya.
She said apart from those celebrating Hari Raya, church groups from Singapore also took up most of the rooms as it coincided with the republic’s school holidays.
Charlotte said the resort charged RM250 for a studio unit plus breakfast for two and RM800 for a four-bedroom suite for eight persons, with breakfast.
“Singaporeans and Malaysians outside Johor stay at our resort to shop, especially at the factory outlet offering off-season branded fashion items and also to visit theme parks here,” she said.